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|Final Fight knock-off without weapons or co-op play, and very few fighting moves. Still, sucker for beat-em-ups that I am, I like it quite a bit.|
The fighting moves: punch/kick, jump, jump kick, side jump kick, and your special that hits everyone around you but takes off a hefty chunk of life. That ain't too much to work with on your way through five pretty long levels of various bad guys and their bosses, especially with no weapons to collect. Still, it gets the job done.
You have two badly-animated, blue-jeaned and blond or mohawked 80's characters to choose from. One had his girlfriend kidnapped, the other is willing to help out for some unspecified reason. And of course in the best game tradition, instead of writing the girl off as a bad piece of work, or going to the cops or something, the two bosom friends decide the only option is to go beat down about four hundred gang members themselves. Onward!
You'll jump and kick your way through a wide variety of slums, skyscrapers, gambling dens, sewers and plush secret headquarters along the way to getting your piece of ass back. Aside from the limited character animations everything looks pretty nice, the sprites are large, with no slowdown in sight, the sound effects beefy, and the music properly rock/ambient 80's style, and well orchestrated at that.
If it had two-player support it'd be super, as it is, it's good. Even being able to cheap the last two bosses with jump-kicks doesn't kill the fun (in fact it was something of a relief, I was out of *gasp* continues). Not quite up there with a Final Fight but good solid face-smashing action nonetheless.